152. The Principles of Resolving Conceptions and Imaginings
1. You must affirm that only God is the truth. No matter how good they may be, people’s conceptions and imaginings are still empty, unpractical doctrines, which are of no benefit to people;
2. People’s conceptions and imaginings do not conform to God’s words and are ill-suited to the essence of the truth. You cannot be saved by living in conceptions and imaginings;
3. God’s words and the truth are the sole bane of conceptions. Only by reading God’s words more and pursuing the truth more will you be able to resolve all your conceptions and imaginings;
4. Through pursuing and seeking the truth you will attain true knowledge of God, and only then will you be able to attain the truth, enter into reality and receive God’s blessings.
Relevant Words of God:
God Himself is life, and the truth, and His life and truth coexist. Those who are incapable of gaining the truth shall never gain life. Without the guidance, support, and provision of the truth, you shall only gain letters, doctrines, and, moreover, death. God’s life is ever-present, and His truth and life coexist. If you cannot find the source of truth, then you will not gain the nourishment of life; if you cannot gain the provision of life, then you will surely have no truth, and so apart from imaginations and conceptions, the entirety of your body shall be nothing but flesh, your stinking flesh. Know that the words of books do not count as life, the records of history cannot be feted as the truth, and the doctrines of the past cannot serve as an account of words presently spoken by God. Only that which is expressed by God when He comes to earth and lives among man is the truth, life, God’s will, and His current way of working.
from “Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Nevertheless, I must tell you that often the work of God greatly exceeds man’s expectations and is difficult for the minds of men to accept. For men are merely maggots upon the earth, while God is the supreme One that fills the universe; the mind of man is akin to a pit of foul water that gives rise only to maggots, whereas each stage of the work directed by the thoughts of God is the distillation of God’s wisdom. Man constantly wishes to contend with God, to which I say it is self-evident who will suffer loss in the end.
from “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Your conceptions, your old nature, and your humanity, character and moral outlook are the “capital” with which you resist God, and the more corrupt, degraded and low you are, the more you are the enemy of God. Those who are possessed of grievous conceptions and have a self-righteous disposition are even more in enmity of God incarnate, and such people are the antichrists. If your conceptions are not rectified, then they will always be against God; you will never be compatible with God, and will always be apart from Him.
… Man thinks that his conceptions are right, and without error, and thinks that these conceptions come from God. Today, when man witnesses the work of God, he lets loose conceptions that have built up over many years. The imaginings and ideas of the past became an obstruction to the work of this stage, and it becomes difficult for man to let go of such conceptions and refute such ideas. The conceptions toward this step-by-step work of many of those who have followed God until today have become ever more grievous and these people have gradually formed a stubborn enmity to the God incarnate, and the source of this hatred is the conceptions and imaginings of man. It is precisely because facts do not allow man to give free rein to his imagination, and, moreover, cannot be easily refuted by man, and the conceptions and imaginings of man do not brook the existence of facts, and, furthermore, because man does not give thought to the correctness and veracity of facts, and merely single-mindedly lets loose his conceptions, and employs his own imagination, that the conceptions and imaginings of man have become the enemy of the work of today, work which is at odds with the conceptions of man. This can only be said to be the fault of the conceptions of man, and cannot be said to be a fault of the work of God. Man may imagine whatever he wishes, but he may not freely dispute any stage of God’s work or any bit of it; the fact of God’s work is inviolable by man.
from “Knowing the Three Stages of God’s Work Is the Path to Knowing God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
As of today, God will formally perfect those who have no religious notions, who are ready to set aside their old selves, and who obey God in a simple-hearted way, and He will perfect those who long for the word of God. These people should stand up and serve God. In God there is endless abundance and boundless wisdom. His amazing work and precious words are awaiting even greater numbers of people to enjoy them. As it stands, those with religious notions, those who assume seniority, and those who cannot put themselves aside find it hard to accept these new things. There is no chance for the Holy Spirit to perfect these people. If a person is not resolved to obey, and does not thirst for the word of God, then they will be unable to receive these new things. They will just become more and more rebellious, more and more crafty, and end up on the wrong track. In doing His work now, God will raise up more people who truly love Him and who can accept the new light. And He will completely cut down the religious officials who presume upon their seniority. Those who stubbornly resist change: He does not want a single one of them. Do you want to be one of these people? Do you perform your service according to your own preferences, or do you do what God requires? This is something you must know for yourself. Are you one of the religious officials, or are you a newborn babe being made perfect by God? How much of your service is commended by the Holy Spirit? How much of it will God not even bother to remember? After many years of service, how much has your life changed? Are you clear about all these? If you have true faith, then you will cast aside your old religious notions from before, and serve God better in a new way. It’s not too late to stand up now. Old religious notions will strangle a person’s life. The experience a person acquires will lead them away from God, to do things in their own way. If you do not put these things down, they will become a stumbling block to your growth in life. God has always perfected those who serve Him. He does not cast them out lightly. If you truly accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s word, if you can put aside your old religious practices and rules, and cease to use old religious notions as the measure of God’s word of today, only then will there be a future for you. But if you cling to old things, if you still treasure them, then there is no way you can be saved. God takes no notice of people like that.
from “Religious Service Must Be Purged” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
During the last days God has come chiefly in order to speak His words. He speaks from the perspective of the Spirit, from the perspective of man, and from the perspective of the third person; He speaks in different ways, using one way for a period of time, and uses the ways of speaking to change the conceptions of man and remove the image of the vague God from man’s heart. This is the main work done by God. … The work done by God during this age is chiefly the provision of the words for the life of man, the disclosure of the substance of the nature of man and the corrupt disposition of man, the elimination of religious conceptions, feudal thinking, outdated thinking, as well as the knowledge and culture of man. This must all be laid bare and cleansed away through the words of God. … Man knows as much as is shown to him by God, and if God were to show nothing more to man, then such would be the extent of man’s delimitation of God. Thus, God continues to work, so that man’s knowledge of Him may become deeper, and so that he may gradually come to know the substance of God. God uses His words to make man perfect. Your corrupt disposition is disclosed by the words of God, and your religious conceptions are replaced by the reality of God.
from “Knowing God’s Work Today” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
If your heart truly is quiet before God you won’t be bothered by anything going on in the world outside, and no person, event, or thing will occupy you. If you have entry into this, then those negative states or all negative things, such as human conceptions, philosophy of life, abnormal relationships with people, and thoughts in your heart will naturally disappear. Because you are always pondering God’s words, and your heart is always drawing close to God and occupied by the current words of God, those negative things are unconsciously stripped off. When positive new things occupy you, negative old things will have no place, so don’t pay attention to those negative things. You needn’t make efforts trying to control them. Pay attention to being quiet before God, eat and drink more of God’s words and enjoy them, sing more hymns praising God, and let God have a chance to work on you, because God at present wants to personally perfect people, and He wants to gain your heart; His Spirit moves your heart, and if you live before God following the guidance of the Holy Spirit you will satisfy God. If you pay attention to living in God’s words and fellowship more about the truth to gain the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, then those religious conceptions, self-rightness and self-importance will all disappear, and then you will know how to spend for God, know how to love God, and how to satisfy God. Those things outside God are then unconsciously forgotten.
from “On Quieting Your Heart Before God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
My goal in saying all these words to you now is to allow you to understand and to use this knowledge to lead you to an accurate and new understanding. They are also aimed at getting rid of those old notions and old knowledge that you carry in you so that you can possess a new understanding. If you truly eat and drink My words, then your understanding will change considerably. As long as you maintain an obedient heart as you eat and drink God’s words, your perspective will come around. As long as you are able to accept the repeated chastisements, your old mentality will gradually change. As long as your old mentality is thoroughly replaced with the new, your practice will also change accordingly. In this way, your service will become more and more on-target, more and more able to fulfill God’s will. If you can change your life, your understanding of life, and your many notions about God, then your naturalness will gradually diminish. This, and nothing short of this, is the result after God conquers man; this is the change that will be seen in man.
from “The Inside Truth of the Conquering Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
He not only came to understand himself from the words and the work of God, but he also came to know God. He also particularly focused on God’s requirements of mankind within His words, and in what aspects man should satisfy God to be in line with God’s will. He put forth great effort in this aspect and achieved full clarity; this was very beneficial for his own entry. No matter what God spoke of, as long as those words could become his life and they belonged to the truth, he was able to carve them into his heart to ponder them often and comprehend them. After hearing the words of Jesus he was able to take them to heart, which shows that he was especially focused on God’s words, and he truly achieved results in the end. That is, he was able to freely put the words of God into practice, accurately practice the truth and be in line with God’s will, act entirely in accordance with God’s intention, and give up his own personal opinions and imaginations. In this way he entered into the reality of God’s words. Peter’s service was in line with God’s will primarily because he did this. If one can truly enter into the reality of God’s words from the matters and the words required by Him, then he will be a person perfected by God. It can be said that the work and the words of God are completely effective for this person, that God’s words become his life, he obtains truth, and he can live according to God’s words. After this the nature of his flesh, that is, the foundation of his original existence, will shake and collapse. After one has the words of God as their life they become a new person. The words of God become his life; the vision of God’s work, His requirements of man, His revelation of man, and the standards for a true life that God requires man to achieve become his life—he lives according to these words and these truths, and this person becomes perfected by the words of God. He experiences rebirth and becomes a new man through His words.
from “How to Take the Path of Peter” in Records of Christ’s Talks
The Man’s Fellowship:
Resolving your notions mainly involves seeking the truth yourself. This means that you must read God’s word more and communicate the truth more. Unconsciously, your notions will be overcome and they will disappear. This is like applying a disinfectant onto your notions and sterilizing them. Only God’s word is the truth, the way and the life. The more man reads God’s word, the more understanding he will have of God’s work. The more man reads God’s word, the more understanding he will have of God’s intentions. All that God is and has is revealed in God’s word. Aside from reading God’s word, there is no other path that you can take to gain the truth. Only through obtaining the truth can you effectively resolve your notions. The truth is the only nemesis of notions. Experiencing God’s work is essentially the process of reading God’s word, experiencing God’s word and understanding God’s word. It is exactly the process of resolving your notions. From God’s word, we can understand a lot of the truth, we can understand life and we can have some real understanding of God. Even though you cannot fully articulate it with words, your past notions will disappear, you will truly see your own impoverishment and how pathetic you are, you will know your true stature. You will obey more than you did in the past when you speak and do things. The frequency in which you go through the motions will also decrease a lot. This is all reliant on reading God’s word and experiencing God’s work. Not only will your notions be eliminated, your life disposition will also change. These are all results of experiencing God’s work. Once man’s notions have been resolved, the difficulties of believing in God will decrease a lot. At the same time, you will enter into the right track of believing in God. You will no longer be as arrogant and irrational as you were in the past. You will no longer run amok and believe that you have the truth as you did in the past. That was pathetic. You now know what you must do in order to eliminate notions, right? Resolving your notions is dependent on reading God’s word. Once you have read God’s word thousands of times, all your problems will be resolved, your notions will naturally disappear and you will obtain the truth that you need. Resolving your notions depends on reading God’s word and communicating the truth because the truth is the only nemesis of notions.
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Now, we should be clear about the harm that notions bring to people and what to do when one has notions. Now, just how do we resolve notions? If you want to resolve notions, you must pursue the truth and attain a real understanding of God. Once man has a real understanding of God, he will no longer produce notions. Only those that understand God will not resist God and judge God. Those that do not know God’s work and who do not have a heart that reveres God, when they encounter situations that are not in accordance with their own notions, will definitely produce notions and judgments. This is something that they will do in spite of themselves. Therefore, only pursuing the truth is the best path to resolving one’s notions. There is no other way. What is the relationship between notions and the truth? Notions and the truth are incompatible and opposites. If you have notions within you, there is no way that you can accept the truth. If you can accept the truth, your notions will be eradicated and uprooted. Only accepting the truth will cause the notions that you have within to be thoroughly resolved. If you do not accept the truth, your notions will not automatically flee or leave you. Your notions are like a satanic demon. They will not automatically withdraw from the historical stage. You must accept the truth and pursue the truth in order to thoroughly resolve your notions.
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